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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who originally arranged these four dialogues in a group?
2. What does "apology" mean, in the context of the dialogue of that name?
3. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?
4. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?
5. How did Socrates describe himself?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was Socrates' explanation for why he had been, supposedly, challenging the Oracle's answer?
2. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?
3. What is "epistemology"?
4. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?
5. In the context of the dialogue of the same name, what does "apology" mean?
6. What does Tarrant say about Socrates' participation in the battle at Thrace?
7. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?
8. Who are Apollo and Artemis?
9. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?
10. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dreams figure prominently in the dialogues. What events took place in conjunction with dreams? What did Socrates do as a result of dreams that he had? Do you think that everyone in Athenian culture relied on their dreams as heavily as Socrates? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
Many of the dialogues have to do with the concept of epistemology. What is epistemology? What does it have to do with philosophy? Why is it important? Why did Socrates concern himself with it? Are they ever able to reach a definitive conclusion? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
Socrates is still considered wise, more than 2000 years after his death. Why has he been nearly immortalized in the annals of history? Why is he considered so wise? Did his contemporaries feel the same way about him that modern philosophers do? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
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